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Top 10: £5000 Roadsters to buy for summer 2021

Even with a budget of no more than £5000, it’s still possible to invest in a classic roadster offering real entertainment value.

Some of the cars featured here are available for even less than that. So however much cash you’ve got lurking in the bank, why not release it and enjoy some summer fun out on the road? There’s never been a better time to invest in any of these ten affordable sportsters.

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Triumph TR7 Convertible

We make no apologies for including a second Triumph roadster, for the Coventry marque was such a major player in the sports car market – not least through its long-running TR line-up. The problem though, is that rising values have made most TRs prohibitively expensive for many enthusiasts, leaving only the TR7 Convertible as a top-value ragtop.

The much-maligned TR7 is rapidly gaining respectability on today’s classic scene, which makes now an excellent time to buy – before values rise too far. Pick up a cracker for £4000-5000 (or from £2000 for a rolling project) and you won’t go far wrong.

Comments

Bronan the Brobarian    on 3 August 2016

Uh-huh. Quite a lot of very average junk on here (I mean who's going to pay £5k for that Fiat or Suzuki!?). Good luck with your £5K Elan too.

A Boxster, S2000, higher-mileage XK8, BMW Z3 and Z4 can all be had for £5K. They'll be faster, more reliable, more modern, more comfortable, and much safer! Although possible slightly higher running costs, but hey do you want to have fun or not?

Try to see past the rose tinted glasses, these old buckets are not comfortable, fast, reliable or safe at all compared to more modern cars. My £5K would go to a Boxster or S2000, possibly a Z4, all of which will be future classics.

Rod marklew    on 17 December 2018

So glad to see the TR7 finally getting a few decent comments - its cheap fun but actually a decent classic affordable roadster. I have driven a number of MGBs and even dabbled with an old SL but for sheer pound for pound fun I love my TR7 and in red all polished its looks amazing and lots of passing smiles and warm comments.

Not bad for a £5k motor.

Bell Ringer    on 15 February 2019

With exception of the MX5, surely these must be the worst cars you could buy for £5k? How could a Boxster, MR2, BMW Z4 or an SLK be worse than these?

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